Day: June 13, 2021

Development and Validation of a Community Assessment Survey… : Family & Community Health

THE AGING of the US population has led to an extraordinary increase in the prevalence of Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD).1,2 Many individuals with ADRD receive extensive informal care from unpaid family members and friends who themselves can experience poor physical and mental health outcomes associated with their caregiving role. Although findings are mixed, evidence suggests that caregivers may be at greater risk for chronic stress, sleep deprivation (ie, particularly when there is nocturnal wandering by patients or bowel or bladder incontinence), anxiety, depression, physical health conditions, and early mortality.3–11

Studies about caregiving in rural contexts suggest that rural life adds increased complexity to care. Although the circumstances of rural caregivers in certain regions may be gradually improving (eg, where Internet availability and connectivity have been improved), in general, caregivers in rural settings face problems such as fewer available services (or lack of knowledge

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